British director Gurinder Chadha (pictured at top with Peter Lord) will direct a family feature inspired by Bollywood cinema for Aardman Animations.
The family film will be a musical about a young elephant from the jungles of Kerala who dreams of becoming a Bollywood dancer. Chadha is co-writing the script with Paul Mayeda Berges under the banner of their production company Bend It Networks. The project, which is in advanced development, will incorporate Indian voice talent, musicians, and designers.
Chadha, who is of Indian descent, often focuses on Indian communities in England in her films. Her works include Bend It Like Beckham and Blinded by the Light, which New Line acquired for $15 million out of Sundance 2019 in what was then a record for the festival.